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High targets set in KCB Bankika Rally

TAITA TAVETA
By | March 9th 2011

By Feverpitch Reporter

Oilibya Racing navigator Norris Ongalo hopes his partnership with Charles Hinga will yield some splendid results.

The duo will be in action during the KCB Bankika Rally in slated for Athi River on March 19-20. The event is co-sponsored by ALS, Identisys, iWay Africa, National Oil Corporation, Car Track, Pelican and Keringet, who are the official water sponsors.

"Calling pace-notes for Hinga has been a great learning experience for both of us. We are constantly learning from each other and working out a formula to ensure we get good results," said Ongalo.

Fight big boys

Ongalo, the 2008 Cross-Country Rally navigator car class champion with Asad Anwar, has set a benchmark to finish the 2011 division two navigators championship in the top three.

"Our initial target was to top division three, but that has now been reviewed after we were promoted to division two. We want to fight it out with the big boys. We believe we can and it is just a matter of time. We hope to attract more sponsors to enable us upgrade our vehicle," added Ongalo.

"I am not under pressure to equal my cross country feat. It is unrealistic to expect similar results as such pressure can be counter-productive.

We just want to grow steadily and we will get to the summit," continued Ongalo.

Ongalo, an employee of Libya Oil Kenya Limited, believes each driver he partners with is different and requires specific attention. Having sat with Asad Anwar, Robert Gow, Anish and Phineas Kimathi before, Ongalo says they are learning the Mitsubishi Evo8 car, considering Charles was in two-wheel before.

Create endurance

"The game is totally different in four wheel. The distances are longer and competition fierce. There is need to create endurance and high concentration. Besides, the Evo has changed hands quite a bit. When you purchase a used vehicle, it takes time before you get comfortable with the vehicle," he added.

Meanwhile, the CRS Motorsports siblings have intensified preparations for their two Toyota Celica GT4 cars ahead of KCB Bankika Rally.

Jasmeet Chana and his elder brother Jaswinder Chana anticipate better reliability and performance.

They will be sponsored by CRS Motorsports, Yana and Identitys. The brothers promoted to the Division Two ranks.

"It is good that we are not only fighting for the division, but also the Group S Championship," said Jaswinder.

Jasmeet, the two times 2WD Champion, is not only targeting victory in the KNRC Division Two Championship, but is also set on finishing in top 10.

Jasmeet is placed second in the Group S class with 60 points against leader Baldev Chager’s 80 points.

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